Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says President Obama has supported the agenda of Islamic jihad "at every turn."
"And I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally, Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad," Bachmann said on the show Washington Watch hosted by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
Bachmann was referring to a report in the Wall Street Journal that stated President Obama wrote secret letters to the Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about having a shared interest in fighting the Islamic State and reaching an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
"Now when in the world — and by that, I mean the goals of the Islamic State, the fact that they want their own state. Our president, we know now, is writing secret notes to the Ayatollah in Iran; there's a recent report that the president is trying to have private meetings with the Ayatollah in Iran. Iran is very clear about their goal — their goal is to have a nuclear weapon. They've said, unequivocally, they will use it against the United States and against Israel."
Bachmann said she used time at the White House Christmas party earlier in December when members of Congress take photos with the president to tell him to "please end their nuclear program."
"I used that time to talk to him about a nuclear Iran, and I asked him to please end their nuclear program, because we have the capacity to end it. And I said, 'Mr. President, this will be on your watch.'"
Bachmann said the president spoke to her condescendingly when he answered.
"And he laughed at me condescendingly, and he said: 'Well, Michele, it isn't that easy. But that's okay.' Like patting me on the head, like I didn't know what I was talking about. And I looked back at him, and I said: 'Mister President, if Iran has a nuclear weapon, it will be on your watch. And the history of the world will change, because of your failure to act.'"
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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